Park Manor

Park Manor

Park Manor is a South Side Chicago neighborhood that emerged from a once unpopulated section of town. As history has it, a single train crossing spurred the growth of this far out borough after a fatal train crash in the mid-1850s inspired a mandatory stop at the nearby railroad crossing. It didn’t take long for local business owners and entrepreneurs to see the opportunity in this new transitory stopover. Shopkeepers and restaurant proprietors took advantage of the revolving door of regular passers-through that came through the area on a daily basis and decided to plant roots near the crossing. As the collection of businesses grew, so did the population of people living in the vicinity. Residential development followed the commercial development, resulting in a self-sufficient new settlement that would eventually be annexed to Chicago in 1889.

Today the livelihood of Park Manor is no longer dependent on railroad traffic or involuntary layovers. It is more of a residential neighborhood with a smattering of businesses along the main roads of 71st and 75th streets. There are a number of pizza places, taco joints, BBQ houses and fast food restaurants in the area, as well as some eateries that specialize in soul food and southern fried chicken. Retail establishments also dot the neighborhood as do schools and public parks, including Meyering Park and Railroad Junction Playlot.  

Park Manor neighborhood is tucked into the spot where the Chicago Skyway Tollroad and I-94 Dan Ryan Expressway reconvene at 67th Street. The neighborhood’s official boundaries are 67th Street to the north, Cottage Grove Avenue to the east, 75th Street to the south and Vincennes Avenue to the west. It is also bordered by the sprawling grounds of Oakwoods Cemetery, which extends from Cottage Grove to the Metra Line train tracks to the west.

Due to its positioning between two major highways, Park Manor is easy to access from the city center and affords straightforward routes to other parts of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The Red Line L train also runs through Park Manor, making a stop at 69th Street. The Red Line basically follows I-94 north to the Loop and beyond, heading up to the northern stretches of the city.

Many of the homes in Park Manor offer an extra bit of private yard space between the main house and detached garage in the rear. As is common in Chicago, most Park Manor garages have back alley entrances—although some residences feature front drives and attached garages. There is a mix of single-family homes and multi-family condo buildings and apartments to accommodate the population of Chicagoans that now live in the neighborhood. 

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